In honor of the American Thanksgiving celebrations, I thought today we’d take a look at a feast painting. After a search for large images of feast paintings revealed first John the Baptist’s head on a platter, and next a bunch of animals feasting on raw rabbit hearts, I decided that despite not being specifically Thanksgiving-related, this image would do.
“The Bean Feast,” by 17th century Dutch painter Jan Steen, shows a rollicking party indeed.
You know things are wild when small children are standing on the table and a nun is helping them drink up. Chug, chug, chug!
Behind them, some of the family is having an impromptu Funny Hat Party. The child is literally a basketcase, and a man appears to be auditioning for the role of the Tin Man while beating a griddle with a spoon in a fit of hysteria. The third man just seems to be desperately sipping from a straw; I assume he’s got a keg of hard cider back there.
Here is the crazy uncle of the gathering. He is mixing something in a jar, and based on his expression I am willing to bet it is not the gravy. Or if it is, it undoubtedly has some special ingredients. I am not sure what the story is with his hat, but it looks a bit like a feathered squid died while devouring the side of his head.